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ICYMI - Rothrock in the Sac Bee on connecting CA education to advanced workforce needs

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 30, 2018

In case you missed it last week, CMTA President Dorothy Rothrock wrote a piece for the Sacramento Bee, outlining just how important it is for California to pick up the pace of its severely neglected career and technology education (CTE) system in our middle and high schools. The combination of a lack of CTE, a technology explosion in manufacturing processes and rapid retirements of baby boomers -- to the clip of 10,000 a day nationally -- is perhaps creating the single most important challenge for manufacturers in California. Rothrock has received many emails of support since the article ran and will be doing a follow up piece on what she's hearing from the community.  See her piece and link to the full Bee article below.

If California wants a skilled workforce, why let career technical education go away?

by Dorothy Rothrock in The Sacramento Bee 

California is justifiably proud of its technologically advanced and diverse manufacturing economy. But the future is at risk if we don’t have a skilled workforce for these high-wage jobs.

California manufacturers already struggle to fill open positions, and the nationwide “skills gap” of unfilled jobs is estimated to reach 2 million by the year 2025. Sadly, the state is not doing enough to fill the pipeline of workers manufacturers will need in the years to come.

Part of the problem is a public education system that has been neglecting career and technical education, or “CTE”, for many decades. In 1987 nearly 74 percent of California high school students participated in at least one CTE class, but by 2009 this had fallen to a paltry 29 percent  

In 2011 alone, the state Department of Education reported that the number of CTE instructors dropped by some 20 percent from the year prior. Instead of acknowledging the crisis, the department decided to disavow their own report and stopped producing similar annual statistics on CTE, sweeping the disturbing trends under the rug ... READ MORE ON SAC BEE

 





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Update on CA MFG job growth vs. the country

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 16, 2018





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Sacramento Region Innovation Awards shines light on northern CA MFG - Apply by July 20

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 7, 2018

The 3rd Annual Sacramento Region Innovation Awards will recognize the area’s vibrant innovation community — from startups to established companies — and their breakthrough creations. Manufacturers can apply themselves or submit a nomination up to July 20. Eligible entries will undergo a strict evaluation process by peers and leaders from the Capital Region’s business, civic and academic communities. Pioneering innovations will be judged on market need, economic impact, disruption and novelty.

The program will accept entries for recently developed business innovations that are established in the 9-county Sacramento region. New technologies, as well as other products, services and processes, must fit within one of the eight program categories, including

  1. Advanced Manufacturing
  2. Food and Agribusiness
  3. Government and Civic
  4. Hardware and Electronics
  5. Medical and Health – MedTech
  6. Medical and Health – BioPharma
  7. Software
  8. Sustainability.

You can apply and see eligibility requirements at www.sacramentoinnovationawards.com/submissions.

In celebrating regional innovation, the awards aim to strengthen the Sacramento story, build the local economy, and stimulate the creative minds fueling our innovation ecosystem. Founded in 2016 by business law firm Stoel Rives LLP, the program is made possible with support from CMTA Associate member Moss Adams LLP, the Sacramento Business Journal, Five Star Bank, and the Greater Sacramento Economic Council — not to mention dozens of community partner organizations and the esteemed Selection Committee. Join the effort  — nominate or apply before July 20!

 





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CA's HDA firm is a gem in specialized and precise MFG

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 1, 2018

This week CW California and CMTA bring you HDA, a Lake Forest based development firm that serves a broad range of medical, aerospace, and industrial clients, providing both engineering and contract manufacturing services.

The privately owned company has operated since 1983, recently becoming well known for their products that help clients pass regulatory compliance or solve highly technical and difficult challenges. HDA also sources most of its supply chain - mostly circuit boards - from other California companies.  

With just 16 highly technically skilled employees and almost no automation, HDA is a good example of today's small manufacturing firms that are highly specialized to provide extremely customized products, all the while providing high wage jobs up and down the supply chain.

Most of HDA's supply sources are domestic and CEO Hunt Dabney says he likes to keep it that way as much as possible. "We work with local California communities to populate circuit boards, and we use local laboratories quite often for testing," says Dabney. "Some things, such as electronic distributors, however, get sourced overseas because they are not readily available here in the United States. We try to find the parts that we need, and at times, we have to source them overseas."

Here are a few opportunities and challenges before HDA:

Challenges: Market penetration. "We aren't a large firm, so there is a limit to the number of programs we can run," says GM Jon Schmidt. "Firms like us go in and out of being in a marketing phase. I've spoken with friends who own similar firms who agree that at times, you get too busy to take anything else on. You start finishing programs, then you are back to marketing again. We are working to improve in this area."

Opportunities: "In terms of startup companies, the medical industry peaked last year," says Dabney. "It's interesting to support people as their products are going into clinical trials. We have companies that we work with where we manufactured a product for them 10 years ago, then they'll get acquired and the new owner will not retain the information needed to manufacture the same product. Then, those companies will ask us to build the product back up. We have good record retention and can always help in this area."

Needs: Qualified software, electrical, and mechanical engineers with medical and/or aerospace industry experience. "We always want to network with other companies," adds Schmidt. .... READ MORE ON COMPANY WEEK CA





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CA industrial electricity rates are becoming a significant competitive disadvantage for MFG

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on June 18, 2018





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